Las Vegas Swimming Pool Accident Attorney
A dip in the pool is one of the best ways to beat the heat in Las Vegas. Swimming in the pool is great exercise and fun, but unfortunately, it can result in accidents and injuries. At Cogburn Law Offices, every Las Vegas injury attorney has experience successfully representing clients who have been injured in a swimming pool accident.
Who Is Liable for Swimming Pool Accidents and Injuries?
Under state law, business owners and homeowners are often liable for swimming pool accidents that occur on their property. Under Nevada premises liability laws, unsecured swimming pools are considered an “attractive nuisance” to children, which means that the homeowners or business owners can be held legally responsible for accidents, even if they did not give the child permission to be in the pool.
If a swimming pool accident occurred at a public place, such as a hotel, there may be multiple potentially liable parties. These may include the hotel, the swimming pool operator, the lifeguard company, and various insurance companies.
Common Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents
Pool owners and operators have a responsibility to ensure that the pool and pool area are free of hazards that could cause injuries. Common causes of swimming pool injuries include:
- Inadequate lighting
- Missing safety equipment
- Slippery surfaces
- Loose tiles
- Cracked pavement
- Open or broken gates
- Sharp edges inside the pool
- Dirty, muddy or murky water
- Overcrowding beyond capacity
- Lack of adequate supervision
- Untrained lifeguards
Types of Swimming Pool Accident Injuries
Different types of injuries can occur in or around a swimming pool, many of which can be attributed to negligence on the part of the pool owner or maintenance staff. Common pool accident injuries include:
- Diving board injuries: These injuries are most often caused by inadequate supervision or poorly maintained diving boards.
- Slip and fall accidents: This occurs frequently when materials that are used around the pool become slippery when wet.
- Suction entrapment: When a swimmer is trapped by suction forces created by water flowing out of the drain at the bottom of the pool, it can cause serious injuries to various parts of the body, or even drowning.
- Submersion injuries: Drowning can result in death or in brain, pulmonary, or neurological damage.
Drowning Prevention Steps
Many swimming pool accidents can be prevented with proper pool design and maintenance and certain safety precautions. To help prevent drowning accidents:
- Put up barriers around the pool
- Allow children to swim only with adult supervision
- Take swimming lessons and CPR classes
- Use personal flotation devices, life jackets, and rescue tools
Drowning and Brain Injury
Not all instances of drowning result in death. When drowning occurs, the brain is deprived of oxygen. When it does not result in death, drowning can lead to brain damage. Depending on the severity, brain damage caused by drowning could result in the need for life-long care. In such a case, it is more important than ever to seek full and fair compensation for swimming pool accidents caused by negligence.
Drowning and Wrongful Death
If you have lost a loved one to drowning in a swimming pool accident caused by someone else’s negligence, our Las Vegas wrongful death lawyers at Cogburn Law Offices can help you seek compensation and justice for your loved one. We will treat you as though you were our only client and passionately pursue a successful outcome for you and your family.
Get Help from Cogburn Law Offices
Contact an experienced Las Vegas swimming pool accident attorney at Cogburn Law Offices for a free case consultation today.